Two Felony Arrests Made At Smithfield-Area License Checkpoint

Two people were arrested at a random license checkpoint Friday afternoon by SAFE Team deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers were conducting the checkpoint on Swift Creek Road near Cleveland Road when a car approached with the odor of marijuana allegedly coming from inside the passenger area.  During a search of the car, 71 grams of powder cocaine, 1 gram of marijuana, a large undisclosed sum of cash, digital scales, plastic bags, and 3 cell phones were allegedly located and seized.

Darius Hikeen Ray, 23, of Glenn Street, Clayton was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Bond was placed at $250,000.

Deputies said another vehicle pulled up to the same checkpoint driven by Sandro Cuevas, 24, of the 3300 block of Highway 210, Smithfield.  Cuevas had a revoked drivers license. During a routine background check, deputies determined Cuevas was wanted by the U.S Marshal’s Service for an out-of-state warrant for selling methamphetamines.  Cuevas was arrested and jailed without bond pending extradition. No additional details were available.